[bair-foo t]

adjective, adverb

Also bare·foot·ed. with the feet bare: a barefoot boy; to walk barefoot.
Carpentry. (of a post or stud) secured to a sill or the like without mortising.

Origin of barefoot

before 1000; Middle English barfot, Old English bærfōt. See bare1, foot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for barefooted

discalced, shoeless

Examples from the Web for barefooted

Historical Examples of barefooted

  • All were barefooted, and such as were Berbers were bareheaded also.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • He was barefooted, and looking as outlandish as the heart of Swaffer could desire.

    Amy Foster

    Joseph Conrad

  • Poor Dawson walked the streets for months barefooted and in rags.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • I was frightened, and I jumped up and ran to the door, barefooted as I was.

    The Upper Berth

    Francis Marion Crawford

  • No one asked the short-skirted, barefooted girl to finish her sentence.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

British Dictionary definitions for barefooted



adjective, adverb

with the feet uncovered
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Word Origin and History for barefooted



Old English bærfot; see bare (adj.) + foot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper